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CKS Travel Program

Join CKS supporters and friends on our new Travel Program to glorious sites and exceptional events worldwide.

Olivier Bernier

Visit sites of cultural interest in many corners of the world with our own Vice-President Olivier Bernier, author and nationally celebrated senior lecturer on art and history. CKS trips are both fun and educational.

CKS groups are organized by Academic Arrangements Abroad to its high standards of comfort in accommodations and travel. Get to know one another in our small groups limited to 25 travelers.

This exciting new program is a generous contribution of Olivier Bernier’s talent and long experience in support of CKS.  They will include a modest contribution to our work in the trip’s cost.

A message from CKS Vice-President and group leader, Olivier Bernier:

CKS, for those of us who are its Board members, is a travel program in itself: every January, we come from a variety of places to Siem Reap, there to decide on the next year’s activities. Now we have created a travel program designed especially for you. In January, a group of CKS travelers went to Burma, and we were exceptionally lucky: not only did we see much of that beautiful country, but we also were able to meet, for more than an hour, with the remarkable –indeed, admirable- Aun San Suu Kyi.

In February, 2013, CKS will draw again on its regional strengths. Our trip will combine Vietnam and Java, in Indonesia, modernity and ancient cultures. Beginning in Hanoi, still a handsome colonial French city, we will move on to Danang. Once part of the Cham Kingdom, that great enemy of Angkor, the city is host to the small but superb Cham Museum. Cham sculpture has a character all its own – majestic, direct and rough, its (Hindu) gods and goddesses have a primitive majesty very different from the sophisticated elegance of the Khmer. We will also drive to My Son, one of the few surviving Cham architectural ensembles, after which we will move on to Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon as it was, there to see a good Museum of Antiquities, first-rate 19th century architecture and the extravagant palace of the South Vietnam residents. More recent history will also be in evidence: the Vietnam War has left many traces, but no hostility.

Antiquities will continue to be our theme in Java. We will look at the extraordinary 9th century Great Stupa at Borobodur, and decipher the many reliefs illustrating the lives of the Buddha, then move on to the spectacular Hindu temples at nearby Prambanan: both are among the world’s most impressive sites. There will be a visit to Yogjakarta, an attractive provincial capital, and a picnic in the island’s lush tropical landscape. We will end with three days in Bali to relax and enjoy nature’s extraordinary beauty.

I hope you will join us for these two weeks in fascinating parts of Southeast Asia.

Olivier Bernier, Vice-President

The trip begins on February 1 and ends on February 14, with the Bali extension from that date to February 17. The cost is $12,485 and includes all the local airfares.

TO TAKE PART IN THIS TOUR PLEASE CONTACT: or call Ellen  at (212)514-8921.

CLICK HERE to download application form

Olivier Bernier, vice-president of the Center for Khmer Studies, will lead this fascinating journey into the past. Born in the US of French parents, Olivier was educated in Paris, and graduated from Harvard and the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University.

He is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including Fireworks at Dusk: Paris in the Thirties; Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood: The Mob, the Monarchy, and the French Revolution; and Louis XIV: A Royal Life. Olivier has also taught art history and is widely acclaimed for his lectures at the New York Metropolitan Museum.